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Honoring our local EMS heroes

During National EMS Week, MetroHealth celebrates the remarkable heroism of local first responders at our annual Excellence in Emergency Medical Service Awards.

Firefighters, police officers and EMS crews were honored for their extraordinary actions responding to incidents around our region over the past year. Some examples of their valor:

  • One team was able to get a stroke victim inside MetroHealth’s emergency room just 11 minutes after arriving at the patient’s home.
  • Another used air bags to lift a vehicle off a pedestrian who had been struck and critically injured.
  • One group of first responders helped a hiker on the towpath after he’d had a massive heart attack.
  • A group of fire and EMS teams were able to quickly rescue three adults and two children who were seriously injured when their minivan struck a pole.
  • Another team saved the lives of two individuals severely injured in a head-on crashed between a car and tow truck.
  • One crew arrived quickly and saved the life of a man who collapsed in a drug store parking lot.

In all, roughly 60 individuals were honored. They hailed from the Cleveland Fire Department, Cleveland EMS, Parma Heights Fire Department, Fairview Park Fire Department, Fairview Park Police Department, Rocky River Police Fire Department, Brooklyn Police Department, Valley Fire District, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Brooklyn Fire Department.

“You arrive at the scene and turn people’s fears into hope,” MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros told the award recipients and their families at the awards lunch. “You alter the outcomes of the worst days of people’s lives. Thank you for the commitment to our communities. Thank you for saving lives.”

About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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